In 2015, Nottingham will bid for UNESCO City of Literature accreditation. This is a permanent designation and would establish Nottingham on the world map as a city with a great literary heritage and a thriving literary community. A team is now being put into place to manage this bid. We will be employing a part-time Communications Assistant to join it. This is an exciting opportunity to play a central role in this vibrant, growing city of literature. The successful candidate will act as a central contact and information point for the project, and to help raise the profile of Nottingham as a City of Literature.
To apply, send a CV, including contact information for two referees, and covering letter to [email protected] (preferred) or by post to Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FH by 5pm on Tuesday 9 September 2014. Shortlisted candidates will be informed on Thursday 11 September, and interviews will take place on the afternoon of Friday 12 September.
If you have any queries or would like to discuss the role, please email [email protected] (you will receive a response after Saturday 30 August).
This will be a part-time fixed-term role, to run from September 15 2014 (or as soon thereafter as practical) to March 31 2015. Initial hours will be a minimum of 8 hours a week and will vary according to the project needs, rising to a maximum of 16 hours a week as the project progresses. The Communications Assistant will be appointed on a freelance basis, and will be paid for work completed at the rate of £8 per hour. The successful applicant will report to the Project Director. The role will include:
- Responding to queries from the public, interested organisations, and the press
- Helping to update the City of Literature website
- Maintaining the central project contact list and email distribution lists
- Other administrative and marketing tasks as required e.g. meeting minutes, press releases
- Raising the profile of Nottingham as a City of Literature through traditional and social media
- Sourcing of marketing materials
The experience and personal qualities required for the Communications Assistant will include:
- Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written
- A good knowledge of literature-related activities in Nottingham and beyond
- Experience in the use of social media and websites for marketing and publicity
- The ability to work as part of a team, liaising with other project team members and taking on tasks as necessary
- The ability to work as an individual for stretches of time, carrying out tasks to deadlines and quality requirements
- A proactive approach, taking own initiative to disseminate information and make suggestions to raise the project profile
- Experience in publicity via traditional media – press releases, posters, flyers etc – is desirable